Let your SMILE change the World but don’t let the World change your SMILE!

A new year brings thoughts of new beginnings. As we review this past year, we are thankful for the many things God has done for this ministry.  It’s been exciting to be part of God at work in the lives of his daughters. To watch the ladies in our program, grow in their faith and become more responsible individuals is a blessing, but it has also taken many hours of time, energy and effort and yes sometimes heartache.

Caring so very much sometimes brings heartache. Knowing how to respond in each situation that arises takes wisdom and discernment. Love is patient, and kind and not easily angered (1 Cor. 13) but love at times needs to be firm and yet gentle.

Not everyone that enters our program will be able to complete it but those that do will be changed. (Isaiah 61:3b) The Holy Spirit reminds us that “Love never fails”. That we are called to love and if a resident leaves the program before the year is up that it doesn’t mean that we’ve failed. We release them, in love, and trust that God will be faithful to complete the work that He started in them.

We have 5 ladies residing in our two Oaks houses along with two managers.  We are still waiting on God to reveal the next steps for the two residents that graduate from our program in February. We are trusting that he will supply a safe, affordable place for them to live. We are looking for a low-income apartment, or a room in a private residence that they can rent or do light housekeeping, cooking, companionship in exchange for room and board. We are very happy with the progress both of these women have made. They have overcome many obstacles in their lives and want to move forward in Christ. They would like to stay in the Oxford community so the relationships that have been formed can continue to blossom and they can give back to our community.

Please contact Robin at 484-368-7268 if you have questions or if you know of any place available or anyone that may be interested in a Christian companion.

Thank you again for you love, support and prayers for this ministry.  As the winter season is upon us, our expenses go up. If you would like to make a financial donation to help us with expenses, please send your donation to The Oaks Ministry, 290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa  19363.

All donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law & don’t forget our 2017 challenge to you: “Let your SMILE change the World but don’t let the World change your SMILE”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winding up 2016…

I can’t thank all of you enough for coming out and supporting our Christmas Bazaar at Oaks House 1 last weekend.  Donations came pouring in and people came to shop on a very cold weekend to show their support. We raised over $2,300  and since things are still set out, people are still purchasing. We praise God again for His provision.

People often ask me what does the Oaks Ministry need?  Lately I’ve been responding, we don’t “need” anything as of this moment but “PRAYER”. Specifically for the two ladies in our program who’s time in house is up February 1st, 2017. As of today, they do not know where they will be going. If you know of anyone with a room to rent in their house or if you hear of a low cost apartment that may be available, please let us know. God often shows up at the last minute, teaching us valuable lessons and I am trusting that He will do so again. I also know that the prayers of God’s people stir His heart into action.  We believe God has great things in store for the Oaks women as they learn to trust Him and continue to surrender their lives to his will.

As we celebrate this Christmas Season in our warm comfortable homes surrounded by friends and family, lets remember the many women who are currently living in the state of homelessness across our nation and the world and please remember The Oaks Ministry team as we seek to do the will and work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and again we thank you for your support. We could not do what we do without the support God’s wonderful people who are called to partner with us in our mission. Together we are making a difference….

We at the Oaks Ministry wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year….

“they will be called Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” Isaiah 61:3b

 

 

 

 

 

Oaks 2 has opened….

OAKS TWO has officially opened!!! The inside painting is completed and this home is beautifully decorated.  We are excited to have another safe haven to help women in need retreat, reflect and renew their lives to the Lord in addition to working hard to become financially stable.

The Board has chosen Vickie Chandler to be the residential house manager for Oaks 2. Vickie came into our program last February as a resident. She has done amazingly well during her 9 months in the program and the Board is pleased to have her join our management team. Having experienced homelessness she is able to relate more fully to the ladies entering our residential program. Vickie is very grateful for the Oaks ministry and the love and support she was given at a time in her life when she felt hopeless and wants to help others the same way we have helped her. On October 26th Vickie moved into Oaks 2 with one resident. In the near future two more residents will be joining them. Please keep Vickie in your prayers….

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who supported our fund raising breakfast at Sawmill Grill on the 12th.It was a huge success. The funds raised will help us to continue to provide a safe place for women in need. As funds continue to come in we will open more homes…..I wonder where Oaks 3 will be located and how soon will it open?  We are prayerfully waiting on the Lord to reveal that to us……

Christmas at the Oaks will be on December 2nd,3rd.  For an up close look at one of our Oaks houses and a fun way to support this ministry, please make plans to join us.  We are accepting donations of Christmas decorations, crafts, gift items and baked goods. Call 484-368-7268 to make arrangements for pickup. We thank you in advance for your support!! (visit our Christmas at the Oaks page on this website)

Together we can make a difference…….

Counting our Blessings

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone again who came out and showed their support at our 2nd Annual Benefit Concert last evening.  We also want to give a special thank you to Mt. Vernon Christian Church for providing a beautiful place for our event, The Nottingham Four for blessing us with their musical gifts as well as  Jim and Laurie Stanton and the Craig family for their help and donations for the fellowship time following our concert. It takes many hands to make an organization like ours work and God is providing through special people like you!

As I shared at the concert God has blessed us in so many ways, I refer to them as miracle’s because I know it is God at work. We do our best, but still cannot do only what God can. He constantly reminds me that this is His ministry and He has it covered. Those that help are His chosen for such a time as this. I have met so many wonderful people that I would not have met if this ministry did not exist and I love each and everyone of you and I consider you a special blessing!!

Update on Oaks 2:   We are hoping to have Oaks 2 open in the near future. We are putting the final touches on the painting which should be done in about a week and then the fun part of turning the house into a home. We have a good possibility for a House Manager thanks to the prayers of God’s people and hope to start the interviewing process for residents soon. Please pray for us that we will know whom God has chosen for our program. Its getting cold outside and many will be looking for a warm, safe place to stay. If you know of anyone who is in a transitional stage of life that our ministry could help until they get on their feet, now would be a good time to apply.

Please continue to pray for our residents in Oaks 1. They have 4 months left in our program. Pray that they will continue to grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord and that they will discover where God is calling them next. If you know of any rental residential possibilities that might work for them, please let us know.

Those of you who came out to our Benefit Breakfast at Sawmill Grill in Oxford in June and enjoyed the food and fellowship we are doing it again on Saturday, November 12th at 8:30 or 9:30. Please contact Robin at 484-368-7268 if you would like tickets. $12. Adult/$6.Child. Reservations are limited so make yours soon. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Somebody’s Praying, I can feel it!!

Thanks to all of the Oaks Ministry Prayer Warriors who bring this ministry before our Father’s throne. I know you are praying for God is roaring like a LION displaying His power in and through the Oaks Ministry.  There is no way we could be doing what we’ve been doing without the strength coming from within. My personal schedule is fuller than its ever been, having said that I am enjoying life and the ministry God has given me. Yes I am tired, but its a good tired. Praise the Lord!

We want to thank you for the prayers for our resident that needed a car. God has graciously provided Jen with a very nice vehicle at a very good price. We praise God for his provision and for the prayers of His people.  Saturday AM we had our monthly team meetings at the Oaks house. As I pulled in the driveway and saw 3 vehicles parked that belong to the 3 ladies in house, I was overwhelmed with joy. Having a vehicle that you bought with your own earnings, tagged, insured and ready to go is a huge step of independence for our ladies. They no longer have to depend on someone else for transportation which opens up many doors of opportunities for them. Praise the Lord!

We also thank you for the prayers for our resident that had neck surgery. Anita made it through the surgery very well and is at home recovering. She is in less pain and we are expecting a full recovery. The other residents are doing more work to cover for Anita, but they are doing it joyfully and the work is getting done. Praise the Lord!

Again, we know you have been praying because we have two possibilities for House Manager for Oaks 2. Praise the Lord! We are accepting applications for residents. If you know of any women who is in need of what we offer, please have her send in her application. Lord willing we will have 3 or 4 vacancies in our program beginning October 1st.

Oaks House 2 is becoming more and more beautiful each day as we get it ready for God’s special ladies. Oaks House 2 will be just as beautiful as Oaks 1. It too will be a “planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor”. God is providing the much needed workers to help us make it beautiful. There is a lot of woodwork that needs painted. If you know of anyone that likes to paint or would just like to work on God’s house, please send them our way.

We are working hard at promoting our Harvest of Blessings Benefit Concert to be held at Mt. Vernon Christian Church, 1 Lighthouse Drive, Kirkwood, Pa 17536, on Sunday, October 2nd at 6pm. Come and enjoy the Southern Gospel Music and Message of The Nottingham Four and hear an update of the Oaks ministry and testimonies from our Oaks women. Refreshments will be served after the concert in the fellowship hall. No charge for the concert. All are welcome!!  A freewill offering will be lifted to help us meet our 2017 budget. MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW please, and plan on joining us for an evening of fun, food and fellowship.  Hope to see you there!

Oh yea…..and keep praying!!!!

 

 

 

Oaks II

The Oaks Ministry Board has agreed to move forward with the responsibility of another home that God has provided to help women in need. We have been busy cleaning and painting and fixing up another beautiful home, in the Borough of Oxford for His holy purposes. It too shall be a “planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor”. Isaiah 61:3b.

The Oaks Ministry thanks the people at Oxford Presbyterian Church for partnering with us to help vulnerable women who need a place to stay until they can become financially stable.  We also thank Andrews Bridge Mennonite, and Wesley Church, and others for their help to get this new location ready.  It is our hope to have it ready by October 1, 2016.

We are currently looking for a Residential House Manager and we are accepting applications for entrance into the Oaks II Ministry Housing program in the fall. You may call  484-368-7268 for more information or you may download and fill out an application that is on this website under “House Policies and Application” and mail it in and we will contact you for an interview after prayerfully considering if you are a good candidate for our program.

Things are going well at Oaks House I. We ask for prayers for one of our residents who is in rehab after neck surgery. We are praying for complete healing and that she will be able to work more hours after healing.  Also pray for another resident who is in need of a vehicle to get her back and forth to work. We are looking for something recently inspected and in good running condition and of course low priced. When God provides a vehicle for this resident, all of our ladies will have their own transportation. A huge step to independent living. I am seeing amazing spiritual growth in our residents. They are blooming where they are planted!! To God Be the Glory!!

Kevin and I had the chance to take a vacation, just the two of us to the mountains of West Virginia. We had a fun, relaxing week at Canaan Valley Resort.  I thank God for giving us this special time together. We will be celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary tomorrow. Who would have ever thought that God would take two young, immature, rebellious teens and use us for His holy purposes like he has. So thankful for His amazing, unconditional love. I thank God for the Oaks Ministry and for His guidance and provision and I thank God for YOU! For your love, support and encouragement. Without faithful supporters like you, we would not be able to do what we do.

As with any non-profit it takes funds to keep the ministry alive. If you feel so led, won’t you please consider partnering with us and making a financial contribution to the Oaks Ministry. We are excited about Oaks II, but another home means more expenses.  Another way you can help support us is to consider a private tea party at Oaks House I. See Fund Raising Opportunities page on this website for more details.

You may send your check to The Oaks Ministry, 290 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa.  We are a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our promise to you is to use your gift with integrity, accountability and transparency to honor Christ in every way…..

Joyfully Serving Jesus,

Robin Martin, President

 

 

Two New Team Members

As I think about the past month at the Oaks Ministry, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness and provision and I praise Him. I am also reminded of the following verse:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

In the beginning of June, the Oaks Ministry found itself in need of two new people to join our ministry team. Rachel our house manager and Judy our board secretary felt the Lord leading them in another direction.  Judy has since relocated to Virginia and Rachel is planning a wedding!! Both will continue to be involved in the ministry, just in different roles, in different locations.

Both were called to their positions for a time and for a season, the season wasn’t as long as we hoped it would be but we know that God’s timing is always perfect!  God has since then provided two wonderful ladies to fill the open positions.

The Oaks Ministry is pleased to introduce to you our new Residential House Manager as of July 1st, Paula Swain. Paula attends Media Mennonite Church.  Paula loves God and after much prayer has responded to the call to become the next house manager for the Oaks Ministry. Please keep her in your prayers as she steps out in faith and takes on this new responsibility.

We are also pleased to introduce to you our newest member of the board, PJ Scheese. PJ attends Bethany Presbyterian Church.  PJ is excited about her faith and excited about this new opportunity to serve Christ by serving along side of us on our team. PJ has a lot of experience working in the community and serving others. Please keep her in your prayers as she steps out in faith and takes on this new responsibility.

This ministry is, has been and always will be a huge step of faith. We wouldn’t want it any other way. We will continue to do what we can do to help others in His name and will trust God to do what only He can do…and He will!!

To God be the glory!!!!

 

 

He is always there…..

I awake at 3am with things on my mind…..As I make my way down the hall into my office the lyrics to an old song come to mind “He is always there, hearing every prayer, faithful and true”….and again I want to thank all those of you who are praying for this ministry. I am happy to announce that God has supplied the vehicle needed for the lady in house and I believe that it is the prayers of God’s people that has stirred His heart into action.

Vickie is now the happy owner of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, that was just the right price to fit her very small budget and came to us in a way we did not expect and right on time.  As I continually tell the ladies in the house, “God has a plan, you do your best and trust Him with the rest, and you will see amazing things begin to happen in your life”.

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you”, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14

God continues to amaze us and He is teaching us so many things through this ministry.  I personally am learning to truly trust Him in all things and not to get discouraged, worried or fearful when things happen that I don’t expect. Nothing happens that He is not aware of and “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and have been called according to His holy purpose”. ( Romans 8:28)  I often say God’s got it covered and wait to see what He will do.  If it wasn’t for seeing God during these times, I would lose heart, but God is faithful and HE IS ALWAYS THERE….and we press on…..(Galatians 6:9) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”. This is a verse that brings me much encouragement and I hope it brings encouragement to you also as you walk by faith.

I want to remind you of the Oaks Ministry Benefit Buffet Breakfast being held at Sawmill Grille in Oxford on Saturday, June 4th. Tickets are $12.00 adult/$6.00 child includes unlimited beverages. The meal consists of Pancakes, Bacon, Gravy, Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs and Coffee, OJ, Milk and Soda.  You may purchase a ticket for the 8:30 am seating or the 9:30 am seating. Tickets are limited, therefore,  contact Robin at 484-368-7268 to make your reservation asap.

Without financial support from wonderful folks like you we cannot continue to operate this ministry, therefore the Board of the Oaks Ministry thanks you in advance for your continued support. Every dollar invested in this ministry will go to help women in need and to run this ministry with integrity and transparency to honor God in every way.

Please continue to pray for this ministry as we seek God’s will every step of the way….

Together we can make a difference in lives of Gods chosen women. All for HIM!

Robin Martin, President

 

 

 

Jehovah Jireh (the LORD will provide)

The past three days have been very tiring and extremely emotional. Planning our “first” major fund raiser for the year on a weekend that was potentially going to be very wet, raised a flag of “what shall we do?” We prayed and we moved forward…and I’m glad we did!  It was another opportunity to see God at work through this ministry regardless of our circumstances.

We raised over $3,000 in spite of the weather. God was saying, “don’t fret, I’ve got this”.  I was reminded again of God’s faithfulness in providing for us as I read the words recorded by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling for May 14th.

“I am a Mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Me.  I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes.  Your weakness is designed to open you up to My Power.  Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day’s demands against your strength.  What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources.”

I am reminded of the verse recorded in Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God”. I am reminded that God says “He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory”. (Philippians 4:19)

I am thankful for the many donations that flooded in from generous people who care about the women that we reach out too. I’m thankful for all of those that showed up to help in any way.  This year the ministry was offered the opportunity to have everything left to be auctioned off in box lots to help our cause. The items will be auctioned off on May 19th. You can check them out on this website.  (www.mcgrellisauction.com)  Pray that God blesses this avenue to supply the much needed funds to keep this ministry financially alive.

As the Oaks team continues to reach out to women in need, please keep us in your prayers. That the women will be drawn to Christ not only through the testimony of our lips but also be drawn to a new way of living through the testimony of our lives. That they too will come to know Jehovah Jireh, the LORD who provides in a deeply personal way.

A  personal need we have in the Oaks house is the need for a reliable, inexpensive vehicle for one of our ladies. She is working 3 jobs and providing transportation is becoming difficult. If you are able to help with this in any way, please contact Robin at 484-368-7268. This lady is on the right path and just needs a little help from God’s special people!   I am trusting that He will provide just the right vehicle for her because after all He is “Jehovah Jireh”……

His Servant,

Robin Martin, President of the Oaks Ministry